On January 22, at 19:00 Moscow time, a private freeroll for subscriber (paid subscribers) Twitch Pokeroff will take place at PokerMatch. The prize fund is 11,000 hryvnia (about $ 400). In parallel with the tournament, our editor-in-chief Kirill “Kirill_ur” Teryokhin will broadcast live at the same time. We invite everyone to participate!
How to register in the Pokeroffru Telegram Freeroll tournament?
The tournament is closed, only paid subscribers of our Twitch channel… No “leftist” participants are expected – there will be less than 100 people, so for a victory you can get a solid piece of the $ 400 prize pool.
Do you want to participate? Subscribe before January 20, 12:00 Moscow time and wait for our moderator to write to you in Twitch’s private messages – you will need to say your nickname for PokerMatch so that we can add you to the tournament.
Linking your PokerMatch account to Pokeroff is not required… But if you are not registered yet, then create an account with the POKEROFF promo code to receive a registration bonus. Read more in the room overview.
Starting stack – 15,000 chips (75 BB), levels of 5 minutes. We will not play too long 🙂
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A paid subscription to Twitch (subscribe) costs $ 4.5 (₽319) for the first month and $ 4.99 (₽399) for the following.
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Access to private draws specially for subscribers. We are giving away $ 100-200 for each stream either in cash, or $ T, or in the form of tournament tickets. From 100 to 300 people participate in such raffles, and today we have less than 50 subscribers. It turns out that in such raffles the chance of winning is several times higher.
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Recently, players from Russia have experienced huge difficulties with deposits in poker rooms. The reason for this was the refusal of Qiwi and YuMoney to transfer funds to foreign companies.
Poker rooms stopped accepting deposits from Yandex.Money (YuMoney)
We contacted the head of the Weenax project, Elena Sataeva, and asked questions that worried the editorial board of Pokeroff, and not only us.
– What is going on in the payment market in the ru-segment in the context of deposits on gambling sites (the situation with QIWI, Yandex-money), inability to deposit from the card? Is it a chain of random events or a systematic tightening of nuts?
What is happening in the Russian banking market is a systematic series of events that has been going on for several years. The goal of the state is to take complete control of the financial sector. As for the issue of transferring funds for gambling, judge for yourself. Online gambling is prohibited in Russia. Residents of the country just went to foreign sites and played there. Billions of rubles are poured into foreign companies that do not pay taxes in the Russian Federation. People who receive illegal income. I believe that the latest news with the disconnection of Qiwi and Yandex from transfers in favor of foreign ones is a measure that is aimed at reducing the flow of funds abroad. By the way, it is worth noting that not only Qiwi and Yu-money, but also many banks were subjected to checks by the Central Bank. And some of them had their licenses revoked. For example, banks Fintech and Onego lost their licenses for opaque operations in favor of gambling organizers.
– Yandex (Yumani) and Qiwi – how many percent of the market, in your opinion, were occupied by these payment systems in the field of gambling and how deplorable the situation will be if the players who habitually use them simply “score on online poker” due to the impossibility of sending and withdrawing to their favorite payment order?
It is difficult to answer this question as it is difficult to assess what is in the shadows. According to my own observations, I can say that approximately 50% of all funds that users contributed to foreign gambling sites came from Qiwi and YuMoney. Nevertheless, I cannot call the situation deplorable. These are just minor difficulties. I can say that players will not “score” on their favorite pastime, but will only have to choose an alternative for transfers.
– What would you advise to such players from the Russian Federation, what are the available methods to safely deposit and receive money from the rooms?
There is a great payment system for poker players – ecoPayz. Its work is regulated by the FCA, so the laws of the Russian Federation do not apply to it. Moreover, ecoPayz has the status of a payment system, so the UK Banking Law does not apply to it. This means that by opening an account with ecoPayz, the player can be sure that no data will be received in the Russian Federation about this.
The payment system is tailored for deposits on European gambling sites. For all the time it has grown significantly, so it is accepted by a huge number of gambling sites. Its main difference from well-known Skrill and NETELLER is the lack of marking electronic money for gambling and non-gambling. So there are no problems with replenishing this payment system. As for the withdrawal, many used the withdrawal to Qiwi and Yu-money. These options are currently not available. You can only withdraw to a bank account, but players from the Russian Federation can withdraw to a virtual bank account Paysera. It is much cheaper and more convenient.
– It is important for many that there are cards, so that they can comfortably spend money on life, bypassing money changers and exchange platforms?
Unfortunately, almost all foreign payment systems have refused to send their cards to countries that are not part of the European Union. I will say this – there are no legal ways to get these cards. I know that many players receive cards through their relatives and friends living in the EU countries.
– Which of these payment systems can you recommend?
Paysera is a Lithuanian payment system, and online gambling is prohibited in Lithuania, so problems may arise when depositing and withdrawing from gambling platforms directly. Muchbetter is a good payment system, but it’s still very young. The list of gambling sites that accept it is still not so long. For poker players, I would recommend ecoPayz. Moreover, we provide excellent support in everything related to its use.
– How can people get money for ecopace from a conditional Sberbank or Alfa Bank?
Of course, people can easily top up their account from any bank card. Moreover, it is much more profitable to do this through the Contact transfer system. Everything is done online, the commission is only 1.5%.
– How can I withdraw my winnings?
The conclusion is somewhat more complicated. The withdrawal is still available only to a bank account, while you will have to provide a passport and confirmation of the source of income. I want to note that this is not a whim of the payment system management. This is a requirement of European banks that will carry out the transfer. As confirmation of the source of income, you can provide an employment contract indicating the position and salary or a card statement with income and expense transactions. Also, various documents of purchase and sale, lease of property and the like, certified by a notary, are suitable. But even if the player cannot provide it, then there are no unsolvable situations. Let him handle his problem – we will help to solve it.
– Are there VIP-levels similar to Skrill?
The ecoPayz system has 5 levels. The simplest Classic is received by all users after registration. After verification, they receive Silver. Those who register using the Pokeroff link, as far as I know, after verification receive a free Gold status, and with it free p2p transfers. The highest VIP status can be obtained by making deposits in poker rooms for only 10,000 euros instead of 250,000 euros on standard terms.
– What about the anonymity of payments?
Anonymity of payments is a relative issue. The payment system security service sees who makes transfers. Another point is that, as I said above, the banking law does not apply to the payment system in the UK, unlike Russia, therefore it does not participate in the exchange of tax information. Consequently, the data on your transactions does not go to the tax office. When you withdraw to a bank account, the Russian bank receives information about what the funds came to your account and where they came from.
– What commissions will need to be paid in% for p2p deposits, withdrawals and transfers?
As noted above, those who create an account with Pokeroff receive Gold status, and with it free transfers within the system, instead of 1.5%, which are available on standard terms for Silver accounts. Poker room deposits are absolutely free. As for replenishing the payment system, the most profitable way is through the Contact system – 1.5% or bitcoins – about 2% loss on the course. As for the commissions for withdrawing to a bank account – 10 euros to a bank account outside the Eurozone, plus commissions of correspondent banks. In general, the commission can be about 20 euros. If you withdraw to Paysera, the commission will be 5.90 euros.
To register in ecoPayz, go from the overview of this payment on Pokeroff to the registration page and get the Gold level immediately after verification. If you have any questions, there is a live support available, who will be happy to answer them.
Out of 6922 registrations in the main event, only 9 players remained. Each guaranteed $ 57.8K, but $ 983K is at stake for the former. We will find out who will win today, but for now we invite you to meet the finalists of the $ 1050 Big Blowout.
Gordon_dReid (11.8 бб)
The Canadian player “Gordon_dReid” is not familiar to the general public. If you try to enter his nickname into Google, only 8 sites will open, and most of them are related to reaching the final of this tournament. It looks like the account is fresh. On SharkScope, the graph is not built, in the statistics tab there are 20 entries (including 12 repeated) with an ABI of $ 17. And in the last tournaments there are 6 satellites. At PokerProLabs ‘Gordon_dReid’ 19 events were tracked with a total winnings of $ 1,055, with the largest buy-in being $ 55. From which we can conclude that “Gordon_dReid” qualified for this tournament via a satellite. All in all, well, a very dark horse at the final table and in case of victory, a potentially new poker star.
Lonnie “thx4urm0n3y” Hallett (p. 24)
Another Canadian at the final table. HendonMob Lonnie Hallett has a modest $ 158K in prize money. But don’t be fooled ahead of time. First, “thx4urm0n3y” won the Blowout Series 12-H: $ 215 Omaha tournament. Secondly, he won the Sunday Million twice in 2017 and shared once in heads-up SM in 2014. How Hallett does this is only known to him.
«XMFPx» (25 bb)
Another dark horse at the final table. With xMFPx, the story is almost the same as with Gordon_dReid. You drive a nickname into Google – 8 pages with results on pokerprolabs. Best Performance – Top 3 in the Sunday Million Summer Series 2020 (+ $ 116K).
“Milanov888” (28.4 бб)
It is becoming a tradition to see at least one representative from Bulgaria at the final table. There is an assumption that this is the regular Alexander Milanov, but this is only an assumption. In any case, “milanov888” played 435 tournaments on Stars with a total winnings of $ 90K. Making the final table earned him the largest prize money of his online career. Prior to that, the best result was 10th place in the $ 2,100 Stadium Series tournament and $ 11.5K in prize money.
Marian “adkaf” Friedrich (39.5 bb)
The closer the top 1, the cooler the players. Marian “adkaf” Friedrich from Austria has earned over $ 1.5M in online tournaments. For some time he specialized in MTSNG, but left for MTT. Top scores:
Winning the $ 1,050 WCOOP in 2018 (+ $ 155.5K)
Winning the Sunday Million with 6164 entries in 2014 (+ $ 128K).
«Mr. Havener »(42 бб)
What a final table without the Brazilians. There are two of them in the Blowout main finale. “Mr. Havener skated 2000 tournaments at Stars since March 2019. Mostly I played $ 11, $ 22 tours. Almost qualified for the Big Blowout satellite (won $ 941), added $ 100 of his own – and now plays at the final table.
Fernando «fviana» Viana (43 bb)
Half a million in live tournament prizes and over $ 6.5 million online. If you were looking for the strongest reg at the final table, then this is Brazilian Fernando “fviana” Viana. He won the $ 5,200 Grand Final Stadium Series Online in 2020 (+ $ 721K). And I’m ready to fight for victory in the Main Event Blowout Series.
Vlad «dariepoker» Darie (57 bb)
Romanian player Vlad “dariepoker” Darie is ranked 4th in the list of the best players in the country with $ 1.9M won in live tournaments. Vlad Darie won the WPT Main Event Vienna in 2016 ($ 174K), and then almost repeated his success in the private tournament for the WPT Champions in Hollywood in the same year – runner up, + $ 224K. On the Internet, Vlad’s best result is winning the SCOOP $ 2,100 tournament in 2018 (+ $ 240K).
«Arbaarba» (75 bb)
A participant from Lithuania under the nickname “arbaarba” will continue the game as a chip leader. According to pokerprolabs, “arbaarba” has won over $ 1.3M in online tournaments. Best performance – 2nd place in the 2018 Sunday Million ($ 98.8K). Also in the piggy bank are the first and second places in the Bounty Builder for $ 109.
The final promises to be interesting. Continued at 21:05 GMT Who do you think will be the new Blowout Series Champion? Share in the comments. And join the discussion in our Telegrams.
Today is the last opportunity to become a Blowout Series Champion. At 23:05 Moscow time, 3 hyper-turbo freezeout tournaments with $ 5.50 buy-ins will start; $ 55; $ 530 and $ 40K guarantees; $ 125K and $ 175K respectively.
On the evening of January 19, the Blowout Series Main Event on PokerStars came to an end. The biggest prize went to a regular from Brazil named fviana.
Final table progress
Fernando «fviana» Viana (Fernando Viana) was the only “star” participant in the final of the event $1050 Blowout Series [The Big Blowout!] and was rightfully considered the favorite to win. The tournament confidently broke the $ 5,000,000 guarantee and the battle was for the first prize of $ 983K.
The tournament was broadcast live on Twitch-канале PokerStars… More information about each of the 9-max participants can be found in a separate article, but for now we will limit ourselves to a chip account at the beginning of the game:
«Arbaarba» – 75 bb
Vlad «dariepoker» Darie – 57 bb
Fernando «fviana» Viana – 43 bb
«Mr. Havener »- 42 бб
Marian “adkaf” Friedrich – 39.5 bb
“Milanov888” – 28.4 бб
«XMFPx» – 25 bb
Lonnie “thx4urm0n3y” Hallett – 24 p
“Gordon_dReid” – 11.8 бб
Gordon_dReidbeing a short stack, he was eliminated 5 minutes after the start. He was unlucky – he was exposed preflop with aces against the chip leader and he was run over.
Eliminated in 8th place after 10 minutes xMFPx… He lost two all-ins against Fernando Vian. First, a large exposure KK> AK, then the rest of the stack AK> AJ.
7th place took adkafwho fought for tournament life for an hour. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t manage to get a big all-in with queens against the Lithuanian AK.
The next in line was the Brazilian under the nickname Mr. Havener… The player qualified for the $ 1050 tournament via a freeroll satellite, so it should come as no surprise that he was check-fold at the final table. This allowed him to reach 6th place and, for sure, the biggest prize in his life.
Vlad “dariepoker” Darie showed excellent play in short stacks – he dropped to 10bb several times, rose to 25bb and back. In the last hand SBvsBB he shoved 7 blinds preflop with Q 8… This time it was not possible to get out.
milanov888 took off in 3rd place, becoming another victim of Viana. 3 3 > A J
After the departure of the Bulgarian, the tournament was suspended to discuss the ICM deal. At that time, the stacks were as follows:
fviana – 83.7M
arbaarba – 50.7M
thx4urm0n3y — 38,5M
It took just a couple of minutes to agree on the details, after which the game continued for $ 50K for the winner. The action went uphill – Lonnie “thx4urm0n3y” Hallett, who at the beginning of the final had almost the shortest stack, received a solid payout and wrote in the chat: “Beer time already” (Time to open the beer.)
The three-max lasted almost an hour, during which Lonnie managed to intercept the chip lead once and drain it literally for the hand. He barreled three streets in a 3-bet pot, and his opponent got a flush on the river.
After this pot (the largest in the tournament), the game was over in 5 minutes. In the last hand arbaarba, having a huge chip advantage, 4-bet all-in with 7 7 and resisted A 9 Brazilian.
Despite the fact that even with the $ 50K bonus, the Lithuanian arbaarba received less than fviana – he is unlikely to be upset because he qualified for the tournament via a $ 109 satellite and thus showed an incredible ROI.
Payout to finalists $ 1050 The Big Blowout
arbaarba – $ 739,976 *
fviana – $ 771,415 *
thx4urm0n3y — $646,189*
milanov888 – $ 339,831
dariepoker — $238,482
Mr. Havener – $ 167.3607.
adkaf – $ 117,448
xMFPx – $ 82,421
Gordon dReid – $ 57,840
Thus, despite the fact that the first prize was taken by the Brazilian Viana, the winner is still the Lithuanian arbaarba. At least PokerStars cites his name as the winner.
Fernando “fviana” Viana has played over 74,000 tournaments at PokerStars with ABI 55. Until recently, his record was not great, but his career took off in August 2020 – he won the $ 5,200 Stadium Series for $ 721K and is now improving his past result.
PokerKing trumps. The legendary The Venom tournament kicks off here on Friday. We will tell you how to qualify for this tournament, and at the same time look for and find an expensive cash game in the lobby.
$ 2,650 The Venom with a record $ 8M guarantee: everything you need to know about the tournament
From January 22 to February 3, PokerKing will host The Venom flagship tournament. From tournament to tournament, the organizers systematically add $ 1M to the prize pool. The tournament hit a record $ 8M GTD. 3200 inputs must be collected to cover the warranty.
4 flights with endless re-entrances on January 22, 24, 29 and 31. Start at 21:00 Moscow time. On the first day, you will need to play 11 hours (28 levels, 20 minutes each). This is provided that you start the game from the first level. Late registration 6 hours (18 levels). If you survive the first game day, you go to Day 2, which starts on February 1 at 21:00 Moscow time.
If you wish, you can enter Day 1 several times: the largest stack will be transferred to the second day. And the organizers have provided a carriage and a small trolley for cheap opportunities.
Regular satellites with buy-ins from $ 32
The easiest way to qualify for The Venom is to win a ticket in a satellite. The schedule includes both simple satellites with a buy-in from $ 32 and a guarantee of 1 ticket, as well as more expensive events. All satellites can be found by opening the Day 1 tournament lobby.
Qualifying tournaments are held every day, the next one will be held tonight on January 21:
21:05 Moscow time – $ 215 with a guarantee of 3 tickets at $ 2,650
21:30 Moscow time – $ 32 with a guarantee of 1 ticket for $ 2,650
11:30 pm Moscow time – $ 95 with a guarantee of 2 tickets at $ 2,650
And here is the schedule of the most “juicy” satellites:
January 23 at 02:00 Moscow time – $ 95 VENOM Fever MEGA with a guarantee 10 tickets for $ 2,650
January 24 at 21:45 UTC – $ 630 Venom Fever with a guarantee 10 tickets for $ 2,650
January 25 at 02:00 Moscow time – $ 95 Beast & SnC VENOM Fever NEGA with a guarantee 20 tickets $ 2,650 each – it will be possible to register for this tournament through the intermediate steps of Blitz Cyclones and On Demand.
Venom Blitz Cyclones Steps
Blitz Cyclones Steps are “pools” of players in the fast poker format (if you fold your hand, you go to a new hand). You register, you get the starting stack, the blinds are the same. The goal is to finish the stack up to 5,000 chips. When you reach this amount, you move on to the next step. The blinds in steps 1 and 2 are 40/80, in all others – 50/100. Steps 3 through 9 take place at 3-max tables.
The Venom Blitz Cyclones ladder looks like this:
$ 0.11 (starting stack 1.112)
$ 0.45 (starting stack 1.465)
$ 1.40 (starting stack 1.625)
$ 4.00 (starting stack 1.584)
$ 12 (starting stack 1,719)
$ 32 (starting stack 1,579)
$ 95 (starting stack 1,552)
$ 290 (starting stack 1,591)
$ 880 (starting stack 1.604)
Go through 9 steps – and the ticket for $ 2,650 is yours. Qualifying freerolls are held from 1 to 5 steps.
Venom On Demand Steps
The buy-in steps are exactly the same as the Blitz ladder. This form of satellites is more classic and familiar to players.
$ 0.11 – 15 people to start, 10 tickets for Step 2 GTD
$ 0.45 – 12 people to start, 8 tickets for Step 3 GTD
$ 1.40 – 10 people to start, 7 tickets for Step 4 GTD
$ 4.00 – 10 people to start, 6 tickets for Step 5 GTD
$ 12 – 8 people to start, 5 tickets for Step 6 GTD
$ 32 – 8 people to start, 4 tickets to Step 7 GTD
$ 95 – 6 people to start, 3 tickets to Step 8 GTD
$ 290 – 4 people to start, 2 tickets to Step 9 GTD
$ 880 – 5 people to start, 2 tickets $ 2,650 GTD
The Venom Skip is a new feature of satellites. The “ladder” can be passed in 5 steps, “stepping over the steps”:
$0,25 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 3 GTD
$1,40 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 5 GTD
$12 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 7 GTD
$95 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 9 GTD
$ 880 Step 9 – 2 tickets $ 2,650 GTD
You can win as many tickets as you want in satellites. And if you don’t feel confident in your abilities in such an event, but you play satellites well, everything except the first won The Venom ticket can be sold. To do this, you need to find a buyer yourself, agree on a price and write to both parties at [email protected] from the email addresses to which the accounts in the room are registered.
OCC Cub3d Announcement: Record for Series Duration and Two Mains with $ 1M Guarantee
PokerKing announced the OCC Cub3d series will run from February 7th to March 14th (five weeks). Total $ 13M Warranty. The schedule will traditionally be divided into three categories:
February 7-21 – Mini Online Super Series (MOSS) with $ 55 MOSS Main Event $ 500K GTD.
February 22 – March 7 – Online Super Series (OSS) with $ 630 OSS Main Event $ 1M GTD
С 8 по 14 марта — Bigger Online Super Series (BOSS) с $2,650 BOSS Main Event $1M GTD
The series kicks off with a $ 16.50 buy-in and $ 125K GTD tournament. And on February 14, there will be a special tournament for Valentine’s Day with a buy-in of $ 55 and $ 300K GTD in the PKO format. The full schedule of the episode will be published later.
Expensive NLHE and PLO cash game at PokerKing
And for those who prefer cash, an expensive game takes place on PokerKing every day. The start is usually closer to midnight Moscow time. The game from NL2K and higher is going closer to 02:00 and continues until 08:00 Moscow time. In the morning they continue to play at the NL600 tables.
Traffic at the Hold’em tables (6-max):
1 incomplete table
NL2K and above
3 tables NL2K 1 table NL3K
Traffic at the Omaha tables (6-max):
PL2K and above
1 table PL5K
2 tables PL3K 1 table PL5K
1 table PL2K 1 table PL5K
Not playing at PokerKing yet? Contact the VIP-department for more favorable terms of the deal.
Since 2020, the UK has been thinking about tightening the regulation of online gambling. The plot, of course, is not like in blockbusters, but there is also something to see.
Why the UK will tighten gambling laws
Somehow historically, the inhabitants of Foggy Albion are very reckless. Because of this, the British market is one of the most profitable “geo” (as they say in operator circles)especially in the field of sports betting, which almost became a part of English culture.
Now gambling in the country is regulated by the laws of 2005 and 2014. We can say that they work great – the annual revenue (not profit) of the state from all niches is estimated at 14 billion pounds. But over the past 5 years, the culture of gambling, according to regulatory authorities, has begun to spiral out of control. Authorities estimate that today around 2.7% of the UK adult population is addicted to gambling. We decided that something needed to be changed.
What restrictions on gambling will be introduced in the UK
In the summer of 2020, a parliamentary commission published an annual study on the impact of gambling on the UK population. On its basis, most likely, a new law on gambling will be drawn up. Here are some of the most likely items to be included.
Limiting advertising… The popularity of gambling in the UK is due to the almost complete freedom of advertising. Almost all popular platforms and promotional methods are available for companies: TV, search engines, social networks, as well as sponsorship contracts. For example, now more than half of the English Premier League football teams wear uniforms with the logos of gambling operators.
Decrease in maxbet and limit on deposits… This primarily concerns slots – they, as the study showed, cause the greatest addiction. There are hundreds of licensed online casinos operating in the UK, and an as yet unknown number of “gray” ones. Today, any player can spin machines for £ 100 per spin, this number is planned to be reduced to £ 2. There will be another limit on the size of deposits – licensed operators will be required to demand a certificate of income from the player if he deposits more than a certain amount per week.
Complete ban on VIP programs… Online casino managers carefully handle gambling addicts and give them individual bonuses for playing regularly. The Gambling Supervision Commission believes that it is necessary to prohibit any VIP programs for regular players, as well as greatly reduce the amount of bonus money and free spins (bonus free spins) that a user can receive per month.
Licensed operators are outraged
It is believed that a UK license is difficult to obtain, but worth it. But in this barrel of honey, a fly in the ointment still started – the previously mentioned “gray” operators, who do not have a license from the country, but accept the British. Thus, those who spent money on a license had a reasonable question – when will the state eradicate unscrupulous operators, because of which honest ones lose profit? Instead of protecting licensed operators, the country’s authorities are additionally “tightening the screws” and thereby making work from the shadows even more profitable.
Gambling companies merged and ordered an “investigation” from a consulting company PwC… She collected a dossier on the entire volume of the UK gambling black market and released the data. According to them, in 2018-2019, about 200,000 residents of the country lost £ 1.4 billion on illegal sites (casinos, bets, poker) and this number is only growing. Further tightening of laws will only worsen the situation.
This research has been consistently referenced by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), a lobbying coalition for the interests of gambling companies.
Is the black market research fake?
According to the head of the Gambling Supervision Commission Neil McArthur (Neil McArthur) The study provided by PwC lacks evidence, nor does it separate real people from the bots that are prevalent in the online sports betting world.
We understand that licensed operators are concerned about the impact of black competitors on the market, but our data indicate that it is grossly exaggerated.
Therefore, we do not believe that raising the quality standards of services in the regulated gambling market will lead to people playing with black operators.
Moreover, the specialist said that one cannot objectively evaluate the research provided by a consulting firm that directly sponsored by market participants… Until recently, the sponsors were unknown because PwC refused to provide a full copy of their research. But his first draft was leaked to the network and it was indicated there that it was supported by Ladbrokes (owned by GVC, the parent company of partypoker), William Hill и The Stars Group(now Flutter Ent, as well as the owners of SkyBet and Sky Poker).
Thus, we see that the UK is almost inevitably waiting for the tightening of gambling laws. So far, one can only speculate about the consequences, but one should not expect the large poker rooms to leave.
Mobile poker apps are mushrooming in the market, becoming more and more popular. Most of them work for a narrow audience of a specific country or even a club, but there are several that are successfully developing on the international market. Among them, City of Poker (COP) stands out, a mobile application created in China open to players from over 20 countries.
To appreciate how comfortable and pleasant COP is for the game, I played MTT in it and watched how the game was going at the cash tables. In this article, you will see my summary with a subjective COP score on three dimensions.
Design and interface
Pros of the COP app
# 1 is a simple lobby. There are a minimum of sections here – Tournaments, Texas (this is the cache, in which PLO is hidden) and Blackjack. Below you can choose what you want to watch – from left to right, this is information about events (Event), some non-card games (Game), card games (Lobby) and account information (Me).
# 2 – fast work. COP does not require large device resources, loads quickly and does not slow down even on a relatively old tablet (Samsung Tab S3 with Android 9).
# 3 – good layout. During a tournament or at a cash table, the application gives you the opportunity to view everything you need in a couple of taps, and at the same time does not display it back to the lobby.
Cons of the COP app
# 1 – Little information about completed tournaments. In the archive, you can see only TOP-3, the number of participants, entrances and prizupul. The list of participants shows only those who got into ITM.
# 2 – Little Omaha. If there are more than enough available limits and tournaments in Hold’em, then the Omaha players in the room actually have nothing to catch – there are no Omaha tournaments in COP, and the cash is represented by three limits, which are not very popular:
1 / 2 (4);
2 / 4 (8);
5 / 10 (20).
Cash traffic in Hold’em
NLH limits are available here from 0.05 / 0.1 to 25/50/100, and the game is active. On January 22 (Friday) at 16:30 Moscow time, I counted the number of 6, 7 and 8-max tables, at which there was a game at different limits, and got the following picture:
0.05 / 0.1
0.1 / 0.2
0.5 / 1
1/2 and 1/2 (straddl 4)
2/4 and 2/4 (8)
5/10 and 5/10 (20)
10 / 20 (40)
20 / 50 (100)
It can be seen from the table that cash tables are most popular at limits 0.5 / 1 – 2 / 4. Moreover, even the highest limit, if translated at the rate of $ 1 = ¥ 6.48, will require players to purchase 100 straddles for only $ 1. 5K. By the way, the rake here ranges from 1% to 3%, depending on the number of players in the hand.
MTT – three buy-ins + freeroll
COP regularly hosts 7 tournaments, all in NLH, three buy-ins – ¥ 6.60, ¥ 11 and ¥ 22 – with the same 10% rake.
The blinds in City of Poker grow quite quickly – from 2 to 6 minutes depending on the type of tournament.
Despite the small number of MTT options, they consistently recruit from 30 people during the day to 500 in the evening.
City of Poker tournament grid for January 2021
Bai-in, ¥ / $
Rake, ¥ / $
Warranty, ¥ / $
0 / 0
0 / 0
500 / 77
6.6 / 1
0.60 / 0.09 (10%)
1.5K / 231
Midnight Dream Race
11 / 1.70
1 / 0.15 (10%)
2K / 308
11 / 1.70
1 / 0.15 (10%)
1K / 154
11 / 1.70
1 / 0.15 (10%)
500 / 77
22 / 3.40
2 / 0.31 (10%)
3K / 462
Weekly welfare game
22 / 3.40
2 / 0.31 (10%)
100K / 15.4K
Convenience of play on the example of a tournament for ¥ 22
For the test on my own skin, I chose the ¥ 22 Dream game ¥ 3K Gtd tournament.
At the start, one thing puzzled me – the time “44 min” was indicated in the schedule and the tournament lobby without any marks. I thought it was a countdown to the start of the tournament, but it turned out that this is how COP informs about the remaining late registration time.
Before registering in the lobby, and immediately after – in the Stats section on the table, you can view all the necessary information about the tournament.
I liked the game – the pleasant design of the table, the ergonomic use of space and the absence of excessive animation left an extremely pleasant experience. In addition, the client has a good soundtrack. But the main plus is interesting opponents, among whom there are quite reasonable players, and so creative that it is just right for them to draw and sell their paintings.
Difficulties for the players can be caused only by the betting menu and even then only at the beginning. In the first hand, I frankly lowered myself, not understanding what kind of timer counts on a fold, whether there will be a time bank, fixed raise amounts, or you can set your own and how to choose an action in advance. However, after a couple of hands everything became clear and it turned out to be quite convenient.
I did not win the tournament, having taken off in 40th place out of 117 participants almost two hours after the start.
Why play COP?
# 1 – Lots of recreational players in the app. Both MTT players and cashiers will find here pleasant lineups, good design and the ability to load another tournament or table to the main load in another room.
# 2 – there is a possibility of transfer between accounts.
# 3 – direct checkout available with the possibility of a deposit and cashout in USDT, Alipay and a Chinese bank card (or by another convenient method through a personal Pokeroff manager).
# 4 – improved security system to combat breaches.
A test account, registration instructions and transaction details can be obtained from your personal Pokeroff manager or in Telegram from @draguaLV or @MaximMar.
2009 figures in the annals of poker as the year of records, the triumph of non-American players and the beginning of serious problems for Russian gambling establishments. In this retrospective, we have collected for you the most interesting moments of that year – let’s go over the history of our favorite game together.
You can read the history of other years in the articles by dates: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003.
# 1 Darwin Moon poker fan turned WSOP Main Event runner-up
The 2009 WSOP gave the poker community an amazing story about Darvin Moon. The 46-year-old lumberjack, who lives with his wife in a trailer, not only made it into the ITM of the WSOP Main Event, but also became a runner-up, losing in heads-up to the youngest ME champion at the time – 21-year-old Joseph “Joe” Cada (Joseph “Joe” Cada).
The second place brought the man $ 5M and worldwide fame – he almost became the second Moneymaker.
Interestingly, Darwin got into the Main Event via an offline satellite for $ 130, and only on the third try. At the same time, Moon did not want to play the Main Event – at that time he had problems with money and the prospect of spending money on a trip to Las Vegas for the sake of one tournament seemed unattractive to the lumberjack. In the end, he decided to go to the event – not to play, but to sell the package he won. Luckily for him, the atmosphere at the Rio casino was so inviting that Darwin decided to gamble.
Moon spent the money he won in the tournament to buy a farm and help his family. He played poker from time to time, having received by 2020 – excluding the ME prize – about $ 30K.
In September 2020, Darwin Moon passed away – he was only 56 years old.
# 2 Jeff Lisandro wins 3 bracelets to become WSOP Player of the Year
For Australian Jeff “Iceman” Lisandro, the 2009 WSOP has been very successful, making six ITM mixed game tournaments, including three championship bracelets and big wins:
$ 124,975 Seven Card Stud
$ 431,656 in the Seven Card Stud Hi / Lo tournament;
$ 188,390 in Seven Card Razz tournament.
He became the first player in poker history to win three mixed game bracelets in one year.
The WSOP management appreciated his success in 2009 and presented him with the Player of the Year award. High praise for his performance motivated the Australian poker community and Jeff was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame the same year.
What is Lisandro doing in 2021?
Until the end of 2019, Jeff actively played offline, regularly hitting the prizes. In early 2021, TheHendonMob reported that he received $ 5,709,067 in prize money. Since the onset of the pandemic and the cancellation of the live series, his employment remains a secret.
# 3 Passed the first Russian Poker Tour, winner of the Moscow Main Event – Vitaly Lunkin
In 2009, PokerStars launched a special Russian series, which took place in four stages, three in the same year – St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sharm El Sheikh and the last in the first half of 2010 – Kiev.
The winner of the Main Event in Moscow, with a buy-in of just over $ 3K and a prize pool of over $ 1M, was Russian live regular Vitaly Lunkin. First place earned him $ 436,389.
It is noteworthy that in the same year Lunkin flashed at the WSOP, where he received:
$ 1,891,018 and a bracelet for winning the 40th Anniversary event;
$ 419,832; for 2nd place in the $ 10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha;
$ 368,812 for 3rd place in the $ 50,000 World Championship HORSE
For his success in 2009, Lunkin was awarded the European Poker Awards “Player of the Year”.
How is Lunkin doing in 2021?
In 2021, Lunkin turned 50 – all these years he has not stopped playing poker, showing good results. By the end of 2020, the prize money he received exceeded $ 6.4M – he entered the TOP-10 in Russia in terms of the number of prize money for his career.
From an interview that Vitaly gave at EPT Sochi in October 2020, it is known that he is engaged in glamping in the Tula region – the organization of campgrounds with all the amenities.
# 4 Ukraine hosts EPT for the first time, Main winner – Maxim Lykov
Kiev was added to the EPT schedule in 2009 – it hosted eight tournaments with a total prize pool of more than $ 3M.
The Main Event winner was Maxim Lykov, who received a payout of $ 468,504 and made poker history as the first Russian EPT champion.
2009 for Lykov was almost as successful as for Lunkin. And although Maxim did not win a WSOP bracelet, he managed to hook a couple of times for five-figure prize money:
$ 69,797 for winning the VIP tournament at the Red Sea Poker Cup;
$ 145,062 for 3rd place WSOP Shootout.
Interestingly, prior to poker, Lykov was a cyber athlete, specializing in Quake III. He got acquainted with poker back in 2005, but began to get into the prizes of the live series only in 2009, being a member of the poker team Jocker Team.
What is Maxim doing in 2021?
From 2010 to 2014 Maxim Lykov was a member of the PokerStars Team Pro. From 2009 to 2020 inclusive, he received almost $ 4M in prize money in live tournaments. He also continues to play successfully online – the community knows him under the nicknames “Decay”, “$ uperdecay” and “KaKeTKa”. On public sites, you can find out that he has at least $ 2M in prize money in his piggy bank.
# 5 Poker is no longer a sport in Russia
2009, which was successful for many Russian players, was at the same time the year of the collapse of poker hopes. In July, then-Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko annulled the order of the Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sports “On the recognition of a new sport” sports poker “, which was adopted in 2007.
After that, poker was excluded from the All-Russian Register of Sports and lost its status as an officially recognized sport in the country.
This decision automatically equated poker with gambling, which made it prohibited for organization on the territory of Russia, with the exception of specially designated gambling zones.
By that time, more than 70 poker clubs were operating in the cities of the country, which was controlled by the all-Russian public organization, the Russian Federation of Sports Poker.
Mutko’s actions were a reaction to the appeal of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to the government, in which he actually called the transfer of poker into the category of a sport an attempt to “camouflage the gambling business under various external, unrelated types of activities, for example, all kinds of clubs, games poker “.
From that moment on, a wave of departures of Russian offline regulars began to a more friendly environment in Ukraine, Belarus, the USA, Cyprus and European countries.
Has poker returned to sport status by 2021?
No – no one is officially prohibited from playing poker, but for organizing the game outside specially designated zones, the state seriously punishes with fines and even prison terms.
# 6 “isildur1” explodes high stakes online
In September 2009, an unknown Swedish player named “isildur1” made a bomb on Full Tilt Poker. He was attracted by the media, who found out that he started playing online poker in 2008 with a $ 2K bankroll and came to FTP when he increased it to $ 1.4M. He quickly climbed the limits and already in November of the same year not only met poker stars Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and others at NL100K, but also started taking stack after stack from them. By November 15, 2009, the amount of “isildur1” winnings was already $ 5.98M – such a result has not been shown in the cash before by any player.
Until December 2010, when “isildur1” became a partner of PokerStars, his identity remained a secret to the world. It wasn’t until a year after his shot in high stakes cash that the poker community learned that the nickname was owned by a 19-year-old Swede named Viktor Blom.
How is isildur1 doing in 2021?
In 2021, Viktor turned 31 – by the standards of modern poker he is a legend, but he does not plan to retire yet and remains an active player both online and offline.
According to HighStakesDB, his profit in cash only on PokerStars is $ 1,819,493, and the amount of prize money in the online MTT in the same room exceeds $ 23M. In live tournaments at the end of 2020, he received $ 2,942,063 in prize money.
# 7 Ivan Demidov takes revenge on Peter Eastgate
In 2009, PokerStars staged the first-ever online rematch between 2008 WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate and heads-up defeat by Russian Ivan Demidov.
The game was played online, with detailed recreations of the conditions of last year’s heads-up. Only two changes were made to the structure – thinking time was given according to the PokerStars rules and the levels were reduced to 30 minutes.
The winner was to receive a token $ 10K to donate to an organization pre-selected by the player as a charitable contribution.
During the game, Demidov often dropped out due to connection problems, and Eastgate remained the chip leader almost all the time. However, in recent 10 minutes Ivan managed to seize the initiative and eventually won the heads-up. He sent the prize money to the Vera hospice fund.
# 8 PokerStars Set World Record Twice
In mid-2009, Full Tilt Poker held a 50K tournament, setting a record … for a few hours, after which he was beaten by Stars, who had already collected 65K in one tournament. A whopping number of people for an online event in 2009, but not the largest. In December of the same year, PokerStars surpassed itself and entered the Guinness Book of Records for the largest online tournament in poker history. There were 149,196 entries to the $ 1 buy-in event with a $ 300K guarantee!
The winner of the record tournament and the owner of the $ 50K payout was a player under the nickname “oskar69”, whose identity remained unknown.
Did PokerStars beat its own record?
Yes – in 2015 the room has already collected 253,692 in one online event.
# 9 Yevgeniy Tymoshenko won the WPT Main Event
Young, but already made a splash, American with Ukrainian roots Yevhen “JovialGent” Tymoshenko in 2009 secured the third victory in his career – and not in some local tournament, but in the Championship Event at the Seventh Annual Five Star World Poker Classic.
At the final table with him were Americans Scotty Nguyen, Shannon Shore and Christian Harder, Frenchman Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Israeli Ran Azor.
Tymoshenko managed to beat his more experienced opponents and take the championship title along with a prize payment of $ 2,149,960.
What is Tymoshenko doing in 2021?
Although Eugene disappeared from the media radar for a long time, thanks to TheHendonMob, we know that he continued to play offline until the end of 2019 – his prize money is $ 7,769,407. He remains # 2 in Ukraine in terms of career prize money and still lives in the United States.
# 10 Tony G opened a gambling company TonyBet
The well-known poker player Antanas “Tony G” Guoga in 2009 decided to once again invest in the business – this time, in his own company for organizing and conducting gambling.
Despite the name – TonyBet – the organization was engaged not only in accepting sports bets, but also in lotteries, casinos and poker
Does TonyBet work in 2021?
In 2016, the Swedish company Betsson AB bought out almost the entire company from Tony G, who had lost interest in business and went into politics, leaving him only the independent poker room Tonybet Poker.
The room specialized in Chinese poker and its variants and worked until mid-2020, after which it officially closed.
How did poker come to Twitch? All thanks to Scott Ball, a poker and eSports enthusiast who had good connections with the top management of Twitch.tv. But, unfortunately, he could not cope with his gambling addiction and threw Phil Hellmuth by seven figures. In this article, I will tell you in detail everything that is known about this story.
If you only want to read about the Helmut scandal, then skip the first two sections in which I will talk about the personality of the antihero.
Who is Scott Ball?
Scott “Rumcakes” Ball (Scott Ball) was born and lives in the USA. From an early age he was engaged in martial arts, but was forced to quit due to epileptic seizures. Has no higher education. Scott has had a lifelong passion for video games and esports – he was a manager for gaming organizations even before Twitch.tv came along. Subsequently, he created his small brand It’s Gosu in 2012, where everything was kept on the enthusiasm without salaries. He did not last long.
Hiro said that in those days he often had to live in a “game house” with his charges (from the English game-house – a house that is rented for a short period of time so that a team of cybersportsmen could meet and train in the same room). Then he started playing poker – first at home, then at micro-stakes online, and then at the limits of $ 1/3 at the casino.
For a full-fledged poker career, he did not have enough courage or money, because it turned out with varying degrees of success. At the same time, he worked as a security guard, then as a manager in the same esports organizations in order to make ends meet. Around 2013, he got a job at Razer, a professional gaming device company. Then, quite by accident, his career took off …
The drunken party that brought poker to Twitch
So, being a poker and e-sports enthusiast, Scott already clearly understood that it is incredibly difficult to get money in computer games. And by some miracle, he found a way to make good money on what he liked.
It happened at the EVO Championship gaming exhibition in Las Vegas in 2014. It brought together the best fighting game players from around the world – Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros, Tekken and so on. By that time, the Twitch.tv gaming platform had already appeared for three years.
Scott, who worked in eSports, had good connections with Twitch’s top management. At the afterparty after the show, he just met the top 2 people from Twitch’s management. He was a little tipsy, but he happily listened to Scott’s “pitch” and agreed to a crazy idea – add the Poker tab to the platform in test mode.
Thus, Scott Ball became the “creator” of poker on Twitch.tv and was responsible for developing the community, working with streamers, as well as attracting new partners. The first person he lured to stream poker from YouTube to Twitch was Jason Somerville. But then everything went by itself – the “poker boom” began on Twitch and it was created by Scott Ball.
At the position of Head of Twitch Poker (the head of poker at Twitch) Hiro worked until 2018. Then he opened his own marketing agency End Game Talent for streamers and advertisers.
Scott Ball cheated Hellmuth all 2020
Having gained widespread prominence in the poker community, Rumcakes has established contacts with a huge number of top division players. So, in 2020 Phil Helmut (Phil Hellmuth) entrusted him with organizing his private $ 5/10/20 cash game. The game was played online, rumored to be in a mobile app. The calculation went post factum through the accountant. Only the brave and funny, so to speak, were invited there – those who are ready to give action in order to receive action, as well as those who are ready to play a couple of hours in non-core disciplines, exotic mix games, and so on.
Mike Matusov (Mike Matusow), who calls himself Phil Hellmuth’s closest friend, recorded an hour and a half podcast, where he told the whole truth about the personality of Scott Ball.
I don’t attach importance to situations where people are not giving away $ 50K or $ 100K … This happens in poker every day. But when the conversation comes to seven-figure amounts, then everyone should know.
I immediately said that this guy is a cheater, a swindler and bankrupt, it was obvious from him. But Phil believed him so much that he did not hear me and we constantly fought.
From the words of Matusov, we learned that:
Ball allegedly specifically kicked Matusov out of the game, because he was the most skillful and profitable player;
Scott Ball himself began to sit at the $ 5/10/20 table ($ 20K bid), and then raised the stakes in home games to $ 20/40 ($ 80K bid), which made many participants uncomfortable to play;
He asked Helmut to hire his friend as an accountant. He was paid $ 1000 once a week. Later this “friend” started playing at $ 20/40;
Since May / June 2020, Scott has been playing in cahoots with an “accountant” and another unknown “friend.” For 2020, they took out from $ 700K to $ 850K (according to Matusov’s estimates);
In December 2020, about a week before Christmas, Scott Ball played 3-max against Fila Nagi (Phil Nagy) with one of his horses. Phil Nagy is the WPN Poker Network Manager. He came to skate completely drunk and did not even remember how he lost $ 270,000 in the evening.
Most importantly, Scott had a great relationship with Hellmuth all this time and convinced him to invest in his marketing agency End Game Talent. Hellmuth and company gave him a total of $ 900K first, then another $ 200K. Only not all of this money went into business – Scott could not cope with gambling addiction and was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars on high-limits. For example, it is known that he played 3-max against Nick Petrangelo and Jason Kuhn, and left $ 400K.
Matusow estimates that Phil Hellmuth lost between $ 1.5 million and $ 1.8 million in 2020 due to Scott (excluding the Nagi incident). At the same time, Matusov stressed that Ball allegedly threatened him with legal proceedings if he poured everything out on the public, but, at the same time, Ball allegedly “confessed” to what he had done. In general, Mike Matusow is not the most reliable source, but according to him, about a dozen people can confirm the whole story.
How did you find out that Scott Ball was cheating? He was betrayed by the same “accountant” with whom they played in collusion. The man said that over time, Scott began to take home games from the “box office” for an additional $ 5-10K per week, and this was noticed by one of the participants in the game, Marcus Gonzales. What exactly was the situation is unknown.
According to Matusow, Phil is unlikely to pursue a fraudster and demand money, as he prefers to keep everything to himself and let go of the situation.
The poker world, unfortunately, is rich in such stories. It’s even sadder that Scott won’t be punished for what he did. Not legal, and potentially even social. Commentators on the 2 + 2 forum cite the same example … Mike Matusow, who also owes millions of dollars.